The Lunch Bunch
UTMB’s Dr. Victor Sierpina, board-certified professor in both integrative and family medicine, will present “Alternative medicine: A holistic approach to health” at today’s meeting of the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email A schedule of future programs can be found at

Urgent care clinic extends weekend hours
The urgent care clinic at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes has extended weekend hours to 10 p.m. The clinic, located at 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City, is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and is now open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, go to or call 832-505-1234.

Educator award
The Southern Group on Educational Affairs of the American Association of Medical Colleges recently honored Dr. Ann Frye with the SGEA Career Educator Award during its 2014 annual conference. The award recognizes service to the SGEA and lifetime achievement in medical education, including a record of scholarship, leadership, collaboration and professionalism.

Children's book drive
The pediatrics department needs infant board books for children in the hospital and pediatric clinics literacy program. Donations of new or gently-used books can be dropped off in the department’s administrative office, Room 3.300, Research Building 6. For more information, contact Tayna Vazquez at or 409-772-5270.

Dementia support dinners
“Caregivers’ need for support and education” is the topic for the April 15 dinner for area families, friends and caregivers of those with dementia. Hosted by the UTMB Sealy Center for Aging and the Galveston First Presbyterian Church, the dinner takes place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the second floor dining room at Levin Hall, located at 10th and Market streets. Free parking will be available and the price is $5 per person with reservations required by the Friday before the dinner. Call 409-266-9635 for reservations and go to for more information on upcoming dinners.

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
“Care for the caregivers” will be presented by UTMB’s Patty Grow at the GI cancer support group meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Diabetes support group
“Blood glucose meters: What's on the market” is the topic for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on April 14. The group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300.

Weight loss seminar
The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a free seminar on weight loss, including medical and surgical options available, at 10 a.m. on April 12 at the Galveston Island Hilton, 5400 Seawall Blvd. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 832-505-1500.